The filmmaker, along with producer Bhushan Kumar, is keen to lock the actor for his next project.
Salman Khan is working on the post-production of Dabangg 3, after which he will finish shooting for his Eid 2020 release Radhe: India’s most Wanted Bhai. His next film has not been finalised yet, though he is in talks with many filmmakers. Aanand L Rai, who missed casting Salman in the lead in Zero and had to go with Shah Rukh Khan, is trying to get him in for his next film.
“Salman’s last release was Bharat which was co-funded by Bhushan Kumar, with whom he has a decent past. Though they have had their differences over certain projects, Bhushan is now collaborating with Aanand for all his films, and he too is a part of the next project where they are trying to get Salman to play the lead. Bhushan already has around 13 film releases this year and has a bagful later. Aanand and Salman share a good bond, but Salman is only keen to do films the idea of which he understands without being cajoled into doing it. If it takes a long time to discuss the project, Salman moves away. So Aanand and Bhushan need to make their move quickly,” says a source.